Maintaining a Polytank is essential for any household or business that relies on stored water
However, when a Polytank starts to leak, the cost of repair is not the only expense to consider. A leaking Polytank can cause damage to the building roof or platform, leading to additional repair costs.
In addition, any water stored in the tank is wasted, which can be especially costly if you rely on purchased water.
Given the current water shortages, it’s more important than ever to keep your water tanks in good condition. The last thing you want is to have contaminated water or an unreliable water supply when good hygiene is essential to prevent the spread of the virus.
Although Polytank repairs are sometimes inevitable, you can reduce the frequency of leaks by taking proper care of your tank.
One way to do this is to seek the services of a professional or certified plumber when installing your Polytank. An experienced plumber can ensure that the installation is done correctly, which can help prevent leaks from occurring.
It’s also important to read the installation instructions carefully. These instructions contain important information about how to install and maintain the tank correctly, which can help prevent leaks and ensure the longevity of your tank.
Here are 10 reasons why Polytanks leak
1. Transporting the tank from the manufacturer to the retailer or the end user.
This supposedly easy task is easily mismanaged by lack of care by careless loaders which may lead to cracks on the Polytanks. A supplementary reason is just sheer carelessness when the tank is being lifted.
2. Expansion and contraction of a Polytank due to constant overfilling.
Consistently overfilling a Polytank makes the material prone to cracks from contraction in the polyethylene.
3. Using unqualified staff for installation.
There is high likelihood that a Polytank is cracked when mounted unprofessionally. The right equipment should be used to lift the tank into place especially for elevated tanks.
4. Heat from the sun
Direct exposure to the sun can play an unintended negative impact on the Polytank especially in West Africa where temperatures are constantly at 32 degrees.
5. Pierced by a sharp object
Polytanks can be torn by a crane whilst lifting, a nail or any other sharp object accidentally. Construction sites are infamous for causing severe damage to tanks via mechanised mishaps.
6. Polytanks erected on poor platforms
A lot of Polytanks are placed directly on iron bars or on planks that get wet and break. Some are even mounted on uneven stones. However, over time the weight of Polytank filled with water causes abrasions to the tank.
Advice: Always maintain/install your polytank on a flat level compacted base or a concrete flat surface commonly known as a “platform”. Do not use uneven surfaces or prod with cement blocks
7. Loose or broken connectors
A lot of Polytank leaks are caused by loose or broken connectors and faulty ball valves. Make sure you use a qualified plumber for all plumbing works and avoid water leakages.
8. Plumbers and water supplier tankers
These technicians sometimes cause havoc by accidentally piercing the Polytank whilst trying to work on connectors or climb recklessly on the tank when refilling with water. In other words, it is wise to be around your polytank to monitor their activities.
9. Missing Polytank Lids
If a Polytank has a missing lid means the elements will reshape the tank and it increases the chances of it cracking.
Also, in some cases heavy stones and other objects are placed on the tank to keep a loosely fitting lid. This has an adverse impact on the shoulder of the Polytank.
10. Unskilled tank repairers
You should be careful who you entrust to repair your Polytank. Most extended tank leaks are caused by rogue repairers using excessive heat or chemicals to re patch a leak
With FF technicians you know your Polytank repair will be done professionally. Therefore your investment is fully protected and you get a 3 months guarantee too.
Polytank leaks come in various forms and shapes. From tiny cuts to extreme cracks caused by the tank falling down.
Ghana Water have a list of water saving tips that are very helpful to prevent water wastage.
FF Cleaning Services we recommend you check your tanks regularly for cracks and leaks.